Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport and Tourism, Timmy Dooley TD, has criticised Minister Alan Shatter for his dismissive comments on concerns raised by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) about Garda enforcement.

Deputy Dooley commented: “I find it particularly ugly to see Minister Shatter engage in a public spat with the RSA over something so serious as road safety.

“It seems to me that the RSA chairman Gay Byrne raised legitimate concerns about Garda enforcement levels in the light of an increase in roads death throughout the country in 2013. Without a visible and significant Garda presence to deter illegal and dangerous driving more people will be killed on our roads.

“Unfortunately, year-on-year there have been 18 more fatalities on our roads in 2013. We must look at the reasons why and it is a genuine concern to raise questions about the lack of Garda presence on the roads. It is a fact that a Government reduction in Garda numbers is having an impact on Garda enforcement.

“For Minister Shatter to arrogantly slap down these concerns is highly disrespectful. The Minister has form in this and we have seen him time after time, angrily refute any questions of his authority and methods.”